Elden Ring: Sword Tier List

Swords are one of the deeper weapon categories available in Elden Ring, but players should choose wisely based on their respective builds.


Flame Knight's Sword of Night and Ring of Elden

As the classic choice for all types of play, from sword and board to magic blade, the Sword category is suitable for almost any build in Ring of Elden. If players choose, they can choose to use two different swords in each hand, pair one with a bulky shield, wield a single blade in both hands, or switch between any combination. Since swords are one of the deepest categories of Ring of Eldenthe possibilities are limitless.

Because there are so many of them in the game, swords also represent one of the best early game options in Ring of Elden, with the dreaded longsword being available either as a starting option for the Vagabond class or immediately once players reach the round table. Yet despite their high availability, they remain strong throughout a game and can easily carry players past even the toughest bosses in the game. Ring of Elden.

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S-level


Sword of Night and Flame Stance Elden Ring Spell

  • Sword of Night and Flame: Prior to patch 1.03, the Sword of Night and Flame would have been unmistakably S-tier. Despite recent nerfs, the Sword of Night and Flame is still a great option for players due to its versatility. His special ability, Night-and-Flame Stance, equips players with a Flame spell and the sorcery Comet Azur – one of the best spells in Ring of Elden.
  • Sword of Saint Trina: Saint Trina’s sword is a funny duck. His unique ability, Mists of Slumber, puts enemies to sleep. It has its uses in PvE gameplay, but the Sword of St. Trina shines in PvP combat. This not only allows the user to dominate one-on-one fights, but also helps them dictate fights when outnumbered. While sleep was initially overlooked for other status effects in Ring of Elden like Bleed and Scarlet Rot, players are slowly waking up to Sleep’s massive potential.
  • Noble’s Fine Sword: Some players have argued that the Noble’s Thin Sword is the best weapon in Ring of Elden. It has an exceptional skill set, low requirements, incredible scaling, and perhaps most importantly, deceptive range. It’s also an ultra-stylish choice.
  • Straight Sword of Lordsworn: The Lordsworn’s straight sword can be upgraded to +25 with Smithing Stones. It’s very modest, but ranks among the flashiest choices. It’s also available near Stormveil Castle, so players don’t have to go out of their way to find it.


A-level


Crystal Sword Elden Ring Thrust Attack

  • Carian Knight’s Sword: An interesting choice for Intelligence-based builds Ring of Eldenthis weapon’s Carian Grandeur skill grants it massive range as well as the ability to combine combat and spells quite seamlessly.
  • Knight Miquellan’s Sword: His unique skill, Sacred Blade, gives players more range than usual. At first glance, the scaling might not seem like anything out of the ordinary, but when maxed out, Knight Miquellan’s sword packs a serious punch.
  • Crystal Sword: The Crystal Sword is a sort of alternative to the Carian Knight’s Sword. He has relatively lackluster stat scaling, but can make up for that with his excellent weapon skill. Oddly enough, it makes a great offhand choice when paired with the Carian Knight’s Sword.
  • Rotten Crystal Sword: Again comparable to its counterpart, the Crystal Sword, since it inflicts the Scarlet Rot status effect, it can be paired with Kindred of Rot’s Exultation talisman to increase damage.
  • Long Sword: Like the Lordsworn’s straight sword at S level, the basic longsword is a hassle-free choice. It’s simple and does its job. At its highest point it is more than worthy of any challenge that Ring of Elden offers.
  • Golden epitaph: A perfect choice for a Faith-based build, her unique skill, Last Rites, increases Holy damage and Faith scaling, causing her to deal massive damage for 45 seconds. Unfortunately, it’s a terrible choice for PvP where enemies can simply buff their Holy Defense to counter the Golden Epitaph and other similar tools.
  • Code Sword: For players insisting on incorporating versions of Faith into PvP, the Code Sword may be a better option due to her skill, Unblockable Blade. It can still be countered with items that increase Holy Defense, but the Code Sword will surprise most enemies.


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B-level


Regalia of Eochaid Unique Ability Elden Ring

  • Eochaid’s Adornment: While his unique Ash of War can be visually stunning, Regalia of Eochaid’s cast time is way too slow. This is quite a relatively odd choice as it scales with Dexterity and Arcane. Compared to other Arcane weapons like the Rivers of Blood katana, the Regalia of Eochaid simply won’t appeal to players looking to optimize their damage output.
  • Sword: The Broadsword is usually overshadowed by its peers, but is arguably the best option if players equip it with a Heavy prefix affinity as it scales at A level with Strength. However, most Strength builds will look elsewhere for better options.
  • Short sword: Although the shortsword is limited by its range, it is the only option that has two hits, making it the thrusting weapon of choice. Yet beyond stylistic reasoning, the shortsword is a tough sell for most builds.
  • Warhawk Talon: Arguably as good as the A-tier longsword, but players will have to spend a ton of time grinding Ring of Elden to get one, at which point they probably should have just picked up a longsword.
  • Lazuli’s Glittering Sword: The Lazuli Glintstone Sword could gain traction in PvP scenarios. Like the Carian Knight’s Sword, its heavy attack also serves as a block against enemy attacks. Still, like Warhawk’s Talon, it takes a bit of grinding, so it’s hard not to favor alternatives like Carian Knight’s sword.


C-level


Ornamental Straight Sword Gold Tempering Elden Ring

  • Ornamental straight sword: Despite spectacular weapon skill, the Ornamental Straight Sword does no serious damage. He is also equipped with one of the most predictable special attacks, making him a staple in PvP combat in Ring of Elden.
  • Cane Sword: Cane Sword is the weapon that fans collectively wish was good, but sadly it’s not. It’s undoubtedly a great stylistic option, but its range is comparable to the Shortsword and its stats are nothing out of the ordinary.
  • Altered Straight Sword: There are very few reasons to use the weathered straight sword. Its range is comparable to that of the shortsword, but players must also fight to obtain it. Unless players want it for purely fashionable reasons, this one is best passed up.


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